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April 1, 2009

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This Week on Midweek Politics with David Pakman – April 1st, 2009

MP3 Podcast: Available with entire Midweek Politics Archive for Members

Total Running Time: 56:06

This Week’s Topics:

–Barack Obama’s internet press conference where he took questions submitted via the web.

–Media obsession over Barack Obama being power hungry, including comparisons to Roosevelt, and discussion of the removal of Rick Wagoner as CEO of General Motor and Obama’s statements about fuel mileage requirements on automobiles.

–Suggestions from Newt Gingrich that the US is moving towards a dictatorship.

–Fox News hosts a former mobster to compare the Democrats with the mafia.

–Barack Obama addresses an internet question about the legalization of marijuana.

–Criticism that Obama’s mortgage plan only helps irresponsible homeowners, and Obama’s response.

–Suggestions that US businesses pay the second most taxes, although even with a high tax rate, actual taxes paid are quite low due to deductions and loopholes.

–Recent polls about whether this is Obama’s recession, as many media outlets have claimed.

–An admission from unlikely suspects that Japanese automakers actually have an advantage against US automakers because Japan has national health care.

–Discussions about stem cell research and Alzheimer’s, as well as hearing from Michael J Fox and Paul Begala.

–Dick Armey is scared by Barack Obama.

–Chaos in Mexico, including travel warnings and the fear of a government breakdown.

–Senator Grassley gets crazy in a budget debate, referring to Senator Conrad’s wife.

–Bill O’Reilly’s biggest enemies are liberal blogs.

–General David Petraeus denies the Bush White House tortured, but half heartedly defends Barack Obama against Dick Cheney’s comments.

–Robert Gates says this isn’t the right time to change the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy of the military.

–Michael Steele says God will tell him if she should run for President, but will it be the God that told Bush to go into Iraq, the one that told Pat Robertson about Hurricane Katrina months before it happened, or the one that told Osama Bin Laden to attack the World Trade Center?

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